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Volcanic Activity Feared Following Quake in Japan
   2016-04-15 20:07:45    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Chenxi

Concrete pieces fell down from buildings after strong quake measured at 6.4 magnitude hit Kyushu area in southwestern Japan on April 14, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua]

Seismologists in Japan are warning of the possibility of increased volcanic activity in the area where a strong earthquake hit overnight on Thursday.

"It felt like I was pushed up from below."

"For all of us, our rooms are not usable."

The initial quake, now registered as a magnitude 6.4, struck Thursday night on the island of Kyushu, which is the southern-most of Japan's four-main islands.

It was strong enough to topple numerous houses, leaving at least 9-dead, and at least 8 others seriously injured.

At least 44-thousand people are still unable to go home amid concerns about aftershocks and the status of their damaged homes.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: "I would like to express my condolences to all who have been injured or a victim of this calamity. The safety of the locals is our priority and we will put all our forces into the continued search and rescue of those in need."

The island of Kyushu is also highly volcanic, leading to concerns the earthquake could be the precursor to a significant volcanic eruption.

A level-2 warning remains in effect in the region, which advises people to avoid climbing near volcano's craters in the area.

Initial estimates from the damage caused by Thursday's earthquake is expected to be in the hundreds-of-millions of US dollars.

This quake is said to have been equivalent in intensity to the massive off-shore quake in March of 2011 which created the devastating tsunami, as well as the 1995 quake which hit the city of Kobe, leaving over 6-thousand dead and damage worth some 200-billion US dollars.

However, the southwestern island of Kyushu is more sparsely populated, meaning the casualty and damage figures will be significantly less than those quakes.

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